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MacBook Pro (2017) AVB support?

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MacBook Pro (2017) AVB support?

Postby Satchboogiemonster » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:30 am

Does anyone here have a new 2017 Macbook Pro, the one with four Thunderbolt3 / USB-C connections, and use it with AVB Ethernet connection?

My present MacbookPro (2011) has built-in Ethernet which works with AVB, but it's getting slow, strange and pokey. With older models, Ethernet dongles didn't support AVB, and with the new MacBook Pro, everything is connected with a dongle. I want to make sure it work before spending CHF$5000 on a full-spec model if it doesn't do everything I need. So I'm wondering if anyone has direct experience with one and can say for certain that it works.

thanks!
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Re: MacBook Pro (2017) AVB support?

Postby Satchboogiemonster » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:11 am

Update, just in case it helps someone in the future searching this same question.

I got an answer from MOTU, and found some other discussions on the net
- Many USB-C to Ethernet adapters are actually a USB to Ethernet adapter, and the Ethernet interface appears under USB deviced in "About this Mac". These DON'T work with AVB.

- It is guaranteed (And supported by MOTU) if you force it to use Thunderbolt for the Ethernet: MOTU recommended a USBC/Thunderbolt3 to Thunderbolt adapter and then a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter. It looks funny, but it forces it to use Thunderbolt, and the Ethernet adapter will appear under Thunderbolt in "About this Mac"

- Some third-party adapters may in the future connect via Thunderbolt rather than USB, but would have to be verified on a case-by-case basis. Since the present recommended solution looks a little funny, I hope one becomes available. Apple's new design of the new MBP itself is slim and sexy, but results is a bunch of silly looking adapters, just like the silly tangle of adapters I have to be able to power my new iPhone and listen to music at the same time.

I hope this helps someone
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